Matter of Mind
Man's Place in Nature, Reconsidered
"Matter of Mind" uses method and a control group to restore the scientific study of language to its rightful place alongside chemistry, geometry, and physics, as a basic science. The human mind is no longer distinguished by a few chance details of zoological classification, but is formed directly by the same dimensional properties that shape the atom and move the galaxies. "Matter of Mind" is directed specifically at the distinctive organization that makes us human, rather than at motivation and emotion. At first glance, arithmetic and language might seem poor candidates for twins. Their common foundations are not rooted in the stately majesty of 19th-century biology, but are shared with relativistic geometry and foundations of 21st-century physics. And the human brain has obtained direct access to the most fundamental principles of matter. "Matter of Mind" reveals the human mind as a world of unsuspected mystery, order, and fascination.
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What Reviewers Are Saying
"A new paradigm for how we think of the origins of language and math: deals a body-blow to the whole field of evolutionary linguistics. Certainly one of the most important books of the decade." -Oliver Pergams, evolutionary biologist. "To see that the foundations of mind are in first principles rather than in evolution is to return to us the uniqueness that Copernicus and Darwin took away." -Stanley Smerin, neuroscientist. "William Abler offered a brilliant insight into the language system - what he called the particulate principle is elegant in its simplicity." -Sally Shaywitz, author, "Overcoming Dyslexia".